Blackwell House is somewhere I love to return too, it’s my favourite period house, it seems I’ve not posted about it before, not sure how that happened. I first visited here not long after it had been restored and opened to the public in 2001, its just south of the town of Windermere in the Lake District
Built in 1890, by the Holt family who had made their fortune in Manchester, and designed architect Baillie Scott, it must have been a blast of fresh air after the dark heavy design of the Victorian period. This is the white drawing room, that looks over lake Windermere, its so fresh and feminine.
It’s a party house with its large spaces and mistral gallery
It is full of glorious details,
With wealthy industrialists coming to the area, to build their new homes away from the smoke of the cities, there was a ready market for the crafts and arts of the Keswick School of Industrial Art
Such delicate window latches
Gorgeous textiles, rowan berries are a recurring motif ,
It’s always been a place that encourages you to relax, sit in the window seats, play the piano (if able) the National Trust are moving towards this kind of experience, but Blackwell seems to do it best.
On the upper floor there is a gallery space, that hosts contemporary exhibitions and displays collections of period arts (these miniature Lancastrian pottery vases are my favourite, Mr Uphilldowndale, says I only want to take them home so I can feed them up)
Speaking of food, the cafe is to be recommended too.